Former Southridge High player, and Tigard, Wilsonville JV coach, will assume the head coach role

SUBMITTED PHOTO: KYLE HAMBURGER - Wilsonville boys lacrosse coach Kyle HamburgerWilsonville has itself a new boys lacrosse coach.

Kyle Hamburger steps into the role for the upcoming 2019 season, replacing former head coach Michael Wilson. Hamburger was a lacrosse player in high school, playing all four years at Southridge High School, before moving on to play at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.

After his time as a player was up, Hamburger took to coaching in 2007, when he coached for Tigard High School, and eventually the University of Oregon and Wilsonville High School as the JV coach. Hamburger is excited to step into the role of head coach for the Wildcats.

"My coaching style will be that of a leader," Hamburger said. "It's hard to hide my enthusiasm and I really try to harness that into positive leadership. We as coaches set the tone for practice, games and meetings. If we show panic, fear, confusion, the players will see that and follow suit. When we as coaches show the confidence in players and instill an 'underdog mentality,' hard work and our leadership will help drive our point to these young men."

Wilsonville's boys' squad finished the last season 3-14 overall, and 1-4 in the Northwest League Conference. Wilsonville High School athletic director Dennis Burke noticed the zeal Hamburger brought right away.

"Kyle brings a positive energy and enthusiasm that is contagious," Burke said. "He loves high school athletics and values the impact participating in extra-curricular activities can have on students. He wants to build on those opportunities for all players and instill the life skills and learning that can make a difference."

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